I am a fan and was a long user of Handbrake, one of the best free DVD rippers to successfully convert a number of my family’s DVDs to iTunes MP4. Actually, I did have some trouble when I first used the free DVD ripper and video converter and the guys in the forum was always great to help me out. However, when I found an increasing number that could not be ripped or converted and Handbrake crashes while encoding. The copy protection was mainly (but not exclusively) found on Disney protected discs of up to several years old which I have listed below.
- Wonder Woman
- Batman v Superman
- Finding Dory
- The Revenant
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Beauty and the Beast
- Get Out
- Justice League
- Baby Driver
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
- Suicide Squad
- Doctor Strange
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Hidden Figures
- Me Before You
Handbrake crashed during encoding those DVDs and Windows says “Handbrake has stopped working”. I did a couple of searches and tries and I’d like to share my experience of how I fix Handbrake crashing, which I think is very useful yet not found in HandBrake Documentation. If you have the same issue of Handbrake crashing when encoding copy-protected DVDs, especially Disney ones, please follow the steps to have a try.
How to Prevent Handbrake from Crashing While Encoding
It is hard to say the exact reason why Handbrake keeps crashing when I try to rip Disney DVDs but the below steps are worth trying:
1. Handbrake Nightly
It’s possible there is a bug in Handbrake or conflict between hardware and Handbrake Nightly fixes it. When Handbrake crashes on your macOS Mojave or Windows 10 while encoding, try Handbrake Nightly.
However, please note:
Nightly builds are based on the latest development code which means they may or may not be stable and probably won’t be documented. As such, your mileage may vary.
H.265 is a more advanced encoder in DVD ripping and video converting. Handbrake is able to rip DVDs to MP4 or MKV in H.265 with the original video quality but about 30% less in size. However, H.265 is NOT the most compatible one. There may be bugs that make Handbrake crash in encoding. Try MPEG4. You can change the Video Encoder in Video tab:
3. Mac Fans Control
My MacBook Pro gets overheating when I was ripping DVDs or converting HD videos. When your CPU gets about 80 °C or 176 °F, it is dangerous and quite possible to cause Handbrake crash. Mac Fans Control, as the name suggests, is able to control the fans and I suggest the max RPM value:
4. Limit CPU Use
According to Handbrake, it uses up to 6 cores of your CPU. While it increases the encoding speed, it may cause problems like crashing when encoding. And you are able to limit the CPU use by adding the command “:treads=1” in Additional Options in Video tab as you can see here:
5. MakeMKV(For DVD/Bluray)
Sometimes it is really hard for Handbrake to rip and convert protected DVDs or Blu-ray discs and what you get is just a Handbrake crash while encoding. However, MakeMKV is really powerful in removing the DVD and Bluray copy protections and you get an unprotected MKV and then it can be easy for Handbrake to repackage MKV to MP4.
6. Intel Quick Sync Acceleration
You may know that HandBrake supports Intel Quick Sync Acceleration in encoding, which is believed to leave much of the CPU free for other tasks. Haswell or newer Intel Processor with HD Graphics is required. However, there are no options found for the H/W acceleration, you are only able to go for Advanced Configuration for Intel Quick Sync Acceleration by Handbrake’s official guide through command lines. And, I believe this is also helpful in Handbrake crashing during encoding.
Ultimate Solution for Handbrake Crashing During Encoding
I must admire that Handbrake is a great free tool to rip DVDs and convert all kinds of videos. However, if you are still not able to fix its crashing on encoding, the ultimate way out is to find an alternative.
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is believed by the best Handbrake alternative that is available on both Windows and macOS to rip home-made and commercial DVDs and convert different kinds of videos. It does all Handbrake does and more like burning DVDs and videos, transferring videos to iOS or Android device, downloading YouTube and other online videos, creating GIFs, making VR videos, screen recording etc.
As is shown below, it only takes you about 3 clicks to rip and convert DVD videos.